coach Brendon Ireton, representing the Trojans along with fullback/linebacker Silas Phillips and junior lineman Matt Hartman. “I don’t expect our quarterbacks to carry the ball as much. Silas carries the ball a lot and we have some other guys. B.K. Saunders is going to be a senior. He’s going to be a firstyear football player, played lacrosse for us last year. He’s a bigger guy. He’s a physical player on the lacrosse field, so he’ll probably get some carries. Brandon Jones, who’s a transfer from Elkton. He’s going to be a sophomore. He played on the varsity during their playoff run.”
Freshman Ty Wilson is also expected to carry the ball for Kent.
“We lost a lot of faces from last year; however, we’ve got a pretty good young group that’s coming up,” Ireton said. “I feel like our offensive line is going to be one of our strong suits. I think we have a lot of team speed. They’ve had a really good summer, some of the younger guys, so we’re expecting a lot of new faces to step up and replace some of the faces that graduated or left.”
The Trojans recently learned Arcadia (Va.) was not going to play them this year, leaving a void that needs to be filled for Week 9. “I’ve got two leads I’m working on, so we’ll see what happens,” Ireton said.
North Caroline went 9-3 last season and reached the Class 2A East Region final, falling to Elkton 33-20.
“We’re excited. I think we’ve got a good group of guys, some talent,” Bulldogs head coach James McCormick said. “They’re our guys that have been with us for a long time. They have experience and they’ve had some success, so we’re excited about the season. Hopefully, a lot of things have to come together for us to have the success we’ve had the last couple years. If we can get it together, maybe we’ll have the opportunity to play a couple extra games at the end of the season.”
Senior quarterback Cody Pepper and senior strong safety Owen Joseph attended Monday’s event. The Bulldogs will need to replace three line starters on offense and two on defense. Jamion Franklin, who has signed with Notre Dame, should require plenty of focus from opponents.
The Bulldogs run a Wing-T offense.
“I want to be able to move the ball down the field, just punch it, yard by yard,” said Pepper, who expects to hand the ball off a lot to senior running back David Bailey, who signed with Boston College.
Queen Anne’s, which went 9-2 last season, will be looking to fill holes.
“We lost a lot of quality players,” Lions head coach Donny Graef said. “We were talking on the way down here; we have to replace the whole offense. We had 11 starters who are gone now. But the work ethic’s there. A lot of kids are going to get their chance to play this year. They’ve got to step up and be ready.”
Also representing the Lions were two-way players: linemen Aaron Rovenolt and Nick D’Angelo, and slot back/strong safety Chris Crow.
“I think there’s definitely a lot of potential [coming from jayvee],” Crow said. “They work hard in the weight room. They just need to show themselves.”
“The line’s looking pretty good,” Rovenolt said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of size. Running game’s going to be pretty good.”
Asked how the line would handle North Caroline’s Franklin, D’Angelo said: “I think really it’s going to come down to a combination of size, strength, and technique.”
Jordan Marciano returns for his senior year at quarterback for Kent Island. He attended along with senior guard Garrett Redden and head coach Damian Ferragamo, last year’s conference coach of the year.
Last year, the Buccaneers went 9-2 and qualified for the playoffs for a ninth straight season, their second with Ferragamo at the helm.
“We only lost 11 players, which is an extremely small graduating class,” Ferragamo said, “but within those 11 we graduated a lot of touchdowns. … We had three tailbacks last year and they were all seniors. We have some big shoes to fill. I think one of our strengths is our receiving corps and the athletes that we have out there, so you may see the ball in the air a little more than in the past from a Kent Island team.”
“The line’s going to be good. They’re going to be really aggressive,” Marciano said. “They know what they’re doing, so I put my faith in them.”
Ferragamo thinks the Bucs’ offensive line will also be one of the team’s strengths. “I think there’s as many as 10 guys who are competing for those five spots.”
“We’ve just got to stay aggressive and work as a unit really, whether it’s with our linemen, or tailbacks, or quarterback,” Redden said.
Class 1A Colonel Richardson, the only North Bayside team without a winning record last year, hopes to reach five wins this season.
“We only have five seniors gone [from last year],” Colonels head coach Dan Mangum said. “We finished last year 4 and 5. We missed the playoffs barely for the second year. We were 4 and 6 the year before. Last year we had a team drop late and we couldn’t replace them. I think we have more depth this year. We play a 10-game schedule and I think we
Kent Island head football coach Damian Ferragamo with players Garrett Redden (61) and Jordan Marciano (10) at the 2017 Bayside Conference Media Day on Monday afternoon at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center.
Easton assistant football coach Pat McGlinchey, right, and players Mason Ledford (10), left, and Carter Taylor (50) at the 2017 Bayside Conference Media Day on Monday afternoon at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center.